MMA Fighter, Special Forces Vet Tim Kennedy Hammers Colin Kaepernick For Accusing White Adoptive Parents Of Racism
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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has made a career post-football by bemoaning what he sees as systemic racism in America, accused his adoptive-white parents of racism, prompting MMA fighter and Special Forces vet Tim Kennedy to fire a withering response.

Interviewed on “CBS Mornings” regarding his new autobiographical graphic novel “Change the Game,” Kaepernick stated, “Growing up I was a — I think, still am a pretty introverted person. … I know my parents loved me but there were still very problematic things that I went through. I think it was important to show that, no, this can happen in your own home and how we move forward collectively while addressing the racism that is being perpetuated.”

In the graphic novel, Kaepernick writes that he wanted cornrows like his idol, Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers, prompting his white adoptive mother to ask,“He’s getting what rolls?”

“Oh, your hair’s not professional,” Kaepernick told Adriana Diaz of “CBS Mornings.” “Oh, you look like a little thug.”

“Your mom said that to you?” Diaz asked, shocked.

“Yeah. And those become spaces where it’s like, okay, how do I navigate this situation now,” Kaepernick replied. “But it also has informed why I have my hair long today.”

Kennedy took sharp aim at Kaepernick on Twitter, responding, “I bleached my hair when I was in high school and my dad told me I look like an idiot. He told me that nobody would hire me. He told me that colleges would laugh at me during interviews. I guess he was just perpetuating racism and didn’t want the best for me.”

Kennedy has never been shy about butting heads publicly with those he opposes; in 2017, after Deadspin editor Tim Marchman blustered that he would fight any Ted Cruz supporter, tweeting, “Not one Ted Cruz-supporting cuck/Twitter user is willing to face me in the UFC octagon,” he was challenged by Kennedy, who was also a UFC fighter, Ranger, sniper, and Special Forces Operator. Kennedy replied, “I’m your huckleberry. I also take note that you are a pathetic cyber bully. My email is [email protected] I’m available at your leisure.”

Kennedy then upped the ante, tweeting:

After an email with @timmarchman I offered the (sic) these fight options:
1. 1 arm tied behind my back.
2. I’m in a sumo suit.
3. 10-1 punch off.

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